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July 20, 2014

Weekend Link Love – Edition 305

By Mark Sisson
33 Comments

Weekend Link LoveEpisode #28 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live, and it’s an essay by yours truly. If you’ve ever wanted to hear a scathing critique of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night from a postcolonial essentialist-tinged third wave feminist perspective, now’s your chance. Actually, it’s an essay laying out the case against cardio. If you have any questions for future podcasts, please let me know by using the blue “Submit a Question” button in the sidebar!

A new Primal Blueprint Publishing eBook is available for Amazon Kindle: Picture Real Food. With informative handouts about healthy eating that you can download and send to others and drool-worthy recipes from nutrition experts, it’s a great way to introduce your friends and family to your way of eating.

Research of the Week

When you study actual living and breathing runners who’ve switched to barefoot-style running, the results are overwhelmingly positive.

People prefer the taste of meat from chickens raised on grasshoppers and free range forage.

According to the latest meta-analysis, organic produce tends to have more antioxidants, fewer heavy metals, and far less pesticide residue than conventional produce (PDF). I can’t wait to see how they spin this one.

The case for running over pedestrians in GTA: being bad in a video game can make us more morally sensitive in the real world.

Interesting Blog Posts

Why using elastic bands may be holding back your progress toward an unassisted pullup.

How even the hardest-core of the vegans are still eating and killing animals, written by a former vegan who now hunts deer.

Media, Schmedia

The Active Times digs into the benefits of exercising outdoors, with a little help from a familiar voice.

Just the fact that an outfit like Time Magazine is asking whether calorie counting makes sense or not is a huge step forward.

Everything Else

I was recently interviewed for The Legacy Project. Check it out to read my thoughts on personal integrity, professional success, wealth building, and to learn the best advice I’ve ever received.

I visited the Live to 110 podcast and had a great discussion with Wendy Myers, the host and a fellow Malibu resident, about all things Primal.

The human placenta is perhaps the most remarkable “organ” of all, and there’s a lot we don’t know about it.

For some couples, the nuclear family just doesn’t work. People are increasingly forming multi-family households with friends (not family) to save money, reduce their share of the mortgage, and, unwittingly I’d argue, return to a form of ancestral community living that we miss out on.

Sitting at a table for dozens of hours on end isn’t very Primal, but thanks to a unique food truck that follows Primal principles and services the World Series of Poker with food and personal training, top poker players are healthier than ever.

And just like that, you’ve spent the last half hour watching grizzly bears catch salmon out of an Alaska river. Don’t act like you’re not a little bit jealous, either.

Dr. Ron had a great chat with Jimmy Moore the other day about his experience bringing health and wellness to South Asians living in Silicon Valley.

Recipe Corner

  • Nothing like a steaming hot mug of hamburger on a cold wintry day, is there?
  • This recipe proves that throwing together a bunch of random, high quality stuff you like usually turns out well.

Time Capsule

One year ago (July 20 – July 26)

Comment of the Week

I felt a disturbance in The Force. As if many paid off dieticians just grasped their wallets in pain and threw up a little :)

– I’m a helpless sucker for Star Wars references.

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Dan
2 years 2 months ago

Chickens fed a diet of grasshopper? That’s the quirkiest thing I’ve read all week. So intrigued that I’ve going to have to try this out!

Ingvildr
Ingvildr
2 years 2 months ago

Having raised egg chickens, they love catching and eating bugs. Bugs are a natural part of a chickens diet as well as tender greens .

2Rae
2Rae
2 years 2 months ago

I laugh, albiet sadly, when I see eggs offered in the grocery as “Vegan fed” eggs…. uh, that’s just grains right? Chickens are NOT vegans so why feed them that way! 😉

D.
2 years 2 months ago
I’m very interested in the minimalist footwear movement, and would like to try it, but can’t find any information on how this works for those of us already injured in some way. I have “flat feet” and bunions; one foot has been aching and cramping under the bunion and at the top of the ankle and now affecting my shin when I walk. The other foot has basic heel pain. I’m fearful to just throw away the supportive shoes since most podiatrists say this will “destroy” my feet. I’ve searched the internet for information, but can’t find anything on people… Read more »
Anemone
2 years 2 months ago

Transition gradually. Listen to your feet. Don’t throw away your shoes until you’re sure you don’t need to go back to them even for a little bit. Give yourself months. Feet adjust the most in the first two months but can continue to adjust for years.

PrimalParkGirl
2 years 2 months ago

Try the work of Katy Bowman – katysays.com and Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain (also applicable to men!)

D.
D.
2 years 2 months ago

Thank you!

D.
2 years 2 months ago

By the way, I’m talking about walking, not running!

Jane
Jane
2 years 2 months ago
I started using vivo barefoot shoes in my 50’s, (for walking, as I am not a runner) and have had a bunion since my teens. And sometimes heel pain. My take is that some minimalist shoes are a bit thin soled if you are walking on pavements mostly, but great for grass, earth etc. I use an extra footbed in my vivos in town. I use an over the counter short arch support to help combat the collapse of the foot arch that bunions seem to encourage, and regularly do the foot and pelvis exercises that Katy Bowman promotes. (I… Read more »
D.
D.
2 years 2 months ago
Thanks so much for your reply. So, I went to the Vivo Barefoot site, and the shoes don’t seem to come in a wide width, which lately I need to accommodate the bunions, even though I don’t actually have a wide foot per se. So – which ones are you using? And so you can put an arch support in those shoes, and still have enough room? I do plenty of stretching, by the way; I’d be in worse shape without that. I’ll certainly check out KB’s exercises. If you began wearing these shoes in your fifties – did you… Read more »
Jane
Jane
2 years 2 months ago
I had a knee problem which wearing vivos really helped, and was lucky enough to buy them when they were first developed in the UK. The original lace ups were leather inside and out and seemed to fit my broadest foot more comfortably than later models with more synthetic materials, although the footprint seems to be the same. After wearing them happily for many years I then experienced a little heel pain, hence my comment on thickness of the sole, as I felt that might have contributed. But also I was not doing any kind of foot/pelvis exercises at that… Read more »
D.
2 years 2 months ago

Thank you, Jane.

Time Traveler
Time Traveler
2 years 2 months ago

Hi, I’ve recently tried vivo’s but didn’t like the feel. For the past two+ years, I’ve been using “innovate shoes”, which are also from England, to great satisfaction. You should check them out as they have a wide range and styles to choose from.

Helena
Helena
2 years 2 months ago

Better late than never! 🙂

A Canadian
A Canadian
2 years 2 months ago

So… I had to actually google “GTA pedestrians” to make sure Mark wasn’t encouraging us to “run over pedestrians in [the Greater Toronto Area]”
Any other Canadians have to do a double take at the use of GTA??
(obviously I’m not a gamer!)

Norge Viking
Norge Viking
2 years 2 months ago

Grand Theft Auto.

Another Canadian
Another Canadian
2 years 2 months ago

Lol yes! I immediately thought Toronto when I read that ! Obviously not a gamer either !

Tara
Tara
2 years 2 months ago

Lol, yes, I had to read it again before I made the jump from greater Toronto area to Grand Theft Auto!

Groktimus Primal
2 years 2 months ago

The deer hunter is right. While none of our modern overpopulating ways are going to save the world anything close to a real answer is going to have to either involve the circle of life (and some kind of population control in my opinion) or a whole new level of science and political agreement we don’t currently possess.

gdiubs
gdiubs
2 years 2 months ago

Population control?! Who can be trusted to control people? There were some very infamous world leaders in the 20th Century who had exactly the same ideas. Maybe we could separate the breeders from the non-breeders by making them wear colored arm-bands or sending them to special interment camps. Will you be the first volunteer to control your natural breeding habits – maybe submit to castration or having your uterus ripped out?

Groktimus Primal
2 years 2 months ago

You see that’s why we are doomed. I set off alarm bells merely by suggesting the obvious that there are too many of us and that it must change. I suspect it will end up being from a war, plague or natural disaster because we will obviously just continue to breed ourselves to death like brainless bacteria. I am not Hitler and I do not have the answer and I am not suggesting death camps. I did however get a vasectomy when I was 30 and I have no kids and I am OK with that.

Tuba
2 years 2 months ago

I am carnivore most definitely but I think the salmon would have a different point of view.

shannon
shannon
2 years 2 months ago
Glad you brought up the topic of “beyond the nuclear family.” I really love a book about an ethnic group in China called the Na or Moso people. They don’t have fathers or husbands. People live in matrilineal households with their siblings and the children of the mothers in the family. The men go out at night and jump in the windows of other people’s sisters and mothers. Some people have some idea of who their father is, but it’s not a requirement. These people are born with a home, a family, and a job (they are mostly farmers and… Read more »
MC
MC
2 years 2 months ago

Being bad at a video game doesn’t make us more morally sensitive. At least that’s not what the study showed. It just showed that it could illicit feelings of guilt, meaning if you’re already morally sensitive, you might feel guilty.

Simon
Simon
2 years 2 months ago

Great Link Love this week! Watching Grizzly Bears sitting in water is exactly what my Monday morning was lacking.

Simon
Simon
2 years 2 months ago
Dr. Anthony Gustin
2 years 2 months ago

Having a spin on the primal egg coffee as I read this 😉

Time Traveler
Time Traveler
2 years 2 months ago
I couldn’t agree more on the conclusion of the study of barefoot running. For 2 straight years I ran in minimalist shoes; starting with 4mm drop and moving on to zero drop. After which, I began to acclimate myself with handmade Huaraches (3mm) which I cut from a piece of lather, by going for long walks and practicing proper landing. When I felt ready, I went on 4km run (mixed pavement, hard boardwalk and turf), which I ended with a blister to show and little soreness in my calves which vanished rapidly. My next run was even better and I… Read more »
Time Traveler
Time Traveler
2 years 2 months ago
Hi John, You got me! I was uneasy about using the word “study” and should have used a different noun or quotation marks. But I’ve also misspoken on the subject of injury. Yesterday, I ran 4.5km barefoot. My run was intensive in comparison to prior ones, with the addition of 60+ meter sprint at the very end. I felt great, but begin to feel a light pain in my right metatarsal. 36 years ago, I suffered a stress fracture while on a forced paced March (part of my paratrooper training), which put me out of commission for 6+ weeks (I… Read more »
Time Traveler
Time Traveler
2 years 2 months ago

my keyboard is acting up…..It should read “without (!!!) a blister to show for (-;

Barney
Barney
2 years 2 months ago
I have Ledderhose disease, which means I have tumors in the facia layer of skin on the soles of my feet……a tumor in each arch, and under the balls of my feet. It is very difficult for me to go barefoot at all, much less to run or walk outdoors on anything but sand or grass. I have to be very careful with no shoes on…..I have always felt that I simply will pretty much have to wear comfortable shoes always. Unless anyone has any suggestions for one with my condition? I have been able to find some pretty comfortable… Read more »
Sheri
Sheri
2 years 2 months ago

Great links this week and your interview was very good and inspiring!

My bullet proof coffee was great this morning but I need to try Primal Coffee (I missed that post a year ago).

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